Doc Edge welcomes all our invited local and international guests to our Festival every year.

2019 International Guests

Alexandre has written and directed numerous award-winning films and documentaries, many of which take on the role of unpacking the most influential works of master filmmakers.
His 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene premiered at Sundance and played Doc Edge in 2018.

Alexandre’s Memory: The Origins of Alien plays in Doc Edge’s 2019 festival in June.

Alexandre O. Philippe

Exhibit A Pictures

Cristine Platt Dewey joined ro*co films international in 2005. She helped launch their educational and production divisions in 2009, and ro*co films digital in 2011.

She is currently MD of ro*co films international, focused on long-term international multi-platform distribution strategies for ro*co’s collection of feature documentaries.

Cristine is an EP of Doc Edge 2019 title I Am Maris: Portrait of a Young Yogi.

Cristine Platt Dewey

Managing Director
ro*co films

After starting off her career in the industry at Film Australia, Kaye moved into distribution with BBC Worldwide and became Head of Sales for BBC Worldwide (Australia).

In 2012 she joined SBS where she made the final decision regarding thousands of hours of content for their various channels. She works closely with the NITV and SBS Food Channel teams.

Kaye Warren

Acquisitions Manager Non-Scripted
SBS Australia

Orly Ravid is the Founder and Co-Executive Director of The Film Collaborative. TFC specialises in distribution of documentaries and arthouse cinema without taking filmmakers’ rights. TFC is proud to have many award-winning films on its slate, including Doc Edge 2019 titles 306 Hollywood and Our Time Machine. TFC offers free educational resources and advice. Its services include sales/licensing, festival, theatrical and digital (VOD) distribution, as well as fiscal sponsorship.

Orly Ravid

Founder & Co-Executive Director
The Film Collaborative

Richway is Managing Partner (Co-Productions) of Aurora Media, one of Southeast Asia’s leading media and entertainment asset incubation, investment and management vehicles.

A trained lawyer, his engagement on Aurora’s projects ranges from titles such as Storm Boy and Abracadabra (Indonesia-Singapore-France co-production) to Anup Singh’s Song of Scorpions.

Richway Ponnampalam

Managing Partner (Co-Productions)
Aurora Media, Singapore

Ben Naparstek is Director, Original Content, for the Australian arm of Audible, the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and spoken word entertainment. Previously Ben headed up online at Australia’s Special Broadcasting Corporation (SBS). 

Ben Naparstek

Director of Original Content

Prior to joining IDA, Dana was the production manager for Al Jazeera America’s documentary unit and the Peabody Award-winning series Fault Lines.

She was the Director of Operations for Jupiter Entertainment in Los Angeles, where she oversaw delivery of docu-reality series to various cable channels.

Dana has production managed numerous films and television shows.

Dana Merwin

Program Officer
International Documentary Association

Kimberly Dilts is a writer-producer and co-founder of Film Ignite, a distribution and digital strategy firm. 

Specialising in grassroots organising and creative distribution, Kimberly has helped dozens of filmmakers crowdfund, play top American festivals, chart independent distribution paths, and connect deeply with their audiences. 

Kimberley Dilts

Impact Producer
Film Ignite

Paul is responsible for business affairs, managing staff welfare, and upholding and imparting the culture and values of Beach House Pictures. Paul has worked for the past 20 years for many top regional companies encompassing a range of disciplines from production, post-production and visual effects to business development and management.

Paul Stevens

Head of People & Academy
Beach House Pictures

Søren has been involved in numerous projects (both fiction and non-fiction) with theatrical release as production assistant, film editor, executive producer and director. Since 1993, he has worked for the European Culture Channel ARTE at RBB (Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg). Since 2008, he has been Head of Department ARTE for Berlin and Brandenburg. 

Søren Schumann

Head of Department ARTE
RBB (Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg)

With more than 20 years’ experience, Bernadine is both a content creative and executive. Her career started in NZ as a journalist and editor at TV3 News. Her films have attracted several awards.

Bernadine has produced and directed both original content and format shows for many broadcasters. She joined Screen Australia as Head of Documentary in November 2018.

Bernadine Lim

Head of Documentary
Screen Australia

With nearly 30 years experience in content sales and marketing, Fiona has licensed content to a wide variety of platforms and market segments around the world. 
In 2011 Fiona joined the then newly-established specialist factual distributor, Flame Distribution, as its Content Sales & Acquisitions Director.

Fiona Gilroy

Content Sales & Acquisitions Director
Flame Distribution

Martin is the head of ARTE – Aktuelles responsible for Current Affairs, Investigations, Politics and Contemporary History. Martin was the commissioning editor on the international festival hit Putin’s Witnesses (TIFF 2018) and executive produced the recent Netflix title Last Breath.


Martin Pieper

Head of ARTE – Aktuelles

Rebecca is a director and producer. In 2012 she founded Media Stockade with Madeleine Hetherton. Recent productions include The Opposition (Doc Edge 2018) and China Love (Doc Edge 2019).

Through her vast experience in hybrid self-distribution, she has become a sought-after expert in alternative pathways to audience engagement and activating measurable impact.

Rebecca Barry

Media Stockade

Stephen is an award-winning filmmaker turned Commissioning Editor who is passionate about telling meaningful stories with significant social impact.

His commissioning credits include LOGIE and AACTA-winning War on Waste; AACTA, Venice TV and Japan Prize-winning Employable Me; true crime blockbuster Exposed: The Case of Keli Lane; and AACTA winning biopic Hawke: The Larrikin and the Leader.

Stephen Oliver

Commissioning Editor
ABC, Australia

Colleen is the co-production manager at Screen Australia working across Australia’s international co-production program and the producer offset. The co-production program encourages production and fosters creative collaboration between international filmmakers. Australia has agreements with twelve countries and Colleen works with producers and authorities around the world to facilitate official co-productions. 

Colleen Champ

Co-Production Manager
Screen Australia

John is one of Canada’s most prolific and respected documentary filmmakers. His films have been widely broadcast and appeared at major international film festivals in Europe and North America.

His passionate commitment to the documentary form led him to co-found DOC (Documentary Organization of Canada).

John’s Assholes: A Theory opens Doc Edge 2019.


John Walker

John Walker Productions

Natsu Kawakami joined NHK World Documentary in 2012 as an assistant commissioning editor, selecting new films and coordinating co-production projects for the annual line-up of about 100 titles. Her current assignment includes curating new 4K/8K content for NHK.

She was an independent filmmaker for many years, directing and producing factual content for Japanese broadcasters.

Natsu Kawakami

Assistant Commissioning Editor
NHK World Documentary

René Boutin is a founding member of the Festival International du Cinéma des Peuples Ânûû-rû âboro in New Caledonia and has been the festival’s creative director since 2012.

Each year, he programmes more than 60 local and international documentaries. He also collaborates with local television broadcasters, and regional and international festivals.

René Boutin

Creative Director
Festival Ânûû-rû âboro

Stuart oversees the creative direction of Madman’s three specialist niche VOD platforms, including DocPlay.

Stuart is also involved with on-boarding quality Australian & New Zealand content to the platform in the form of shorts, series and features.


Stuart Moulds

Creative Director

2019 Local Guests

Amie has overall responsibility for the Scripted, Factual and Platforms streams of the NZ Media Fund, and for leading NZ On Air’s responses to change; ensuring funding decision-making is integrated, future-focused, thoughtful, transparent, and relevant to New Zealand audiences.  

Amie Mills

Head of Funding
NZ On Air

Dale is responsible for overseeing all areas of talent development including short film and interactive funding, training support and mentorships, attachments and professional placements. He is the primary contact with the New Zealand Screen Industry Guilds and Organisations. He was previously the CEO/Creative Director of GMAC Film in Scotland for 11 years. 

Dale Corlett

Head of Talent Development
New Zealand Film Commission

Kay has produced and/or directed more than 20 one-off documentaries, and a range of factual television series and children’s programmes in English and Te Reo Māori. In late 2018 she joined RNZ as Senior Commissioner and now oversees a varied slate of productions which include documentaries, podcast series, investigative journalism projects, scripted comedy, and stories and songs for children. 


Kay Ellmers

Senior Commissioner

Mladen leads the NZFC’s corporate functions, supports programmes across Finance, Business Affairs, Operations and HR. He supports the CEO in the leadership and management of the NZFC and contributes to the strategic direction of the organisation. He also manages co-production approval, film certification and has input into the NZFC’s interface with Government. 

Mladen Ivancic

Chief Operating Officer
New Zealand Film Commission

A seasoned producer, director and journalist, Vicki has spent the majority of her career in the UK, making prime-time factual entertainment and factual shows for the BBC, ITV and Sky One.

At TVNZ her focus is on factual commissions for On Demand, Duke and off-peak, and overseeing internal productions.

Vicki Keogh

Commissioner of Factual Content

In January 2018 Annabelle became CEO of the New Zealand Film Commission. Before that, she was in charge of the South Australian Film Corporation.

She has longstanding experience in the Australian screen industry.

Her career began in post-production from which she has an extensive list of credits, with several nominations and awards.

Annabelle Sheehan

New Zealand Film Commission

Dan is a screen director, writer and producer of award-winning documentaries and television. He most recently co-produced and directed Underarm, the Ball that Changed Cricket for Prime TV and Channel 7 Australia.  

Dan Salmon

New Zealand

Kevin has worked in various areas across the film industry over 12 years, including 7 years at Rialto Distribution. His expertise includes overseeing cinema sales and programming strategies, marketing and brand strategies, and audience engagement. Recent NZ films he’s worked on include: Broken, Mahana, Born Racer: The Scott Dixon Story, and She Shears.  

Kevin Gordon

Sales Manager
Rialto Distribution

Paddy took charge of Quickflix in 2012 and oversaw the development and launch of NZ’s first SVOD service. He has since set up the online movie rental service Stuff Pix and is now Head of Video Products & Strategy at Stuff. Paddy is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Show Me Shorts Film Festival. 


Paddy Buckley

Head of Video Products & Strategy

Until recently a producer and Head of Development at Top Shelf Productions, Brian has recently started his own production company Magnetic Pictures. Brian has developed Making New Zealand (Prime), Islands of the Gulf (TVNZ) and What’s Really in Our Food? (Three). He’s produced The Nutters Club (MaoriTV), Dancing on Icebergs (Choice TV) and K Road Chronicles (Stuff). His feature film credits include Loving in Limbo and For My Father’s Kingdom, both as Executive Producer.

Brian Holland

Magnetic Pictures

Fergus is a producer, sales & distribution consultant with over 10 years’ experience in the film industry.

As Head of Acquisitions and Theatrical at Umbrella Entertainment for four years, Fergus was involved in The Babadook, Jungle and the Netflix original film Cargo, on which he was also an executive producer.

Fergus is co-director and -producer of Camino Skies, playing in this year’s Doc Edge Festival.

Fergus Grady

Acquisitions Manager
LimeLight Distribution

Leanne is responsible for overseeing the development of films from the early development stage through to the end of post-production. Her department focuses on supporting exciting ideas to become great films. 

Leanne Saunders

Head of Development and Production
New Zealand Film Commission

Phil is the owner and managing director of Vendetta Films and GDE distribution companies, Vendetta Productions and Academy Cinemas Auckland. As a veteran of the film and gaming industries in New Zealand, he has overseen hundreds of film releases, acquired multiple high-profile award-winning films, and executive produced local films including Born To Dance, The Butterfly Tree and Pecking Order. 



Phil Bremner

Owner & Managing Director
Vendetta Films

Cass has been the EVP of Development and Executive Production at Augusto for the past eight years.

As a producer, executive producer and writer, Cass has helmed and scripted more than 40 documentaries and television series in NZ and Australia.

She produced Chasing Great, New Zealand’s highest-grossing cinema documentary, and has another film due for release in 2020.

Cass Avery

Executive Producer

Jill Macnab began her career working in theatre management at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, before transitioning to work in music and film retail in both the UK and NZ. From here she moved to Australasian distributor Vendetta Films, progressing up the ranks to become General Manager. She oversees acquisitions, sales and marketing, and attends key film markets each year including Berlin, Cannes and Toronto. Jill is an EP on the Doc Edge 2019 title Repeat Attenders.

Jill Macnab

General Manager
Vendetta Films

Matthew has produced more than $200 million worth of productions over two decades, including 18 feature films, numerous tele-features, TV shows and documentaries.

Matthew’s films have received some 16 NZ film awards, been long-listed for Oscar and BAFTA awards, and recognised at film festivals including Cannes, Toronto and London.

Matthew Metcalfe

General Film Corporation

Rachel began her career as a documentary researcher before producing some of NZ and Australia’s best-known factual television.

She’s worked in the UK, Middle East and Asia and has told stories of, among others, warring neighbours, aspiring porn stars and forensic crash investigators.

Now Greenstone’s CEO, she leads a team of some of NZ’s best documentary makers.

Rachel Antony

Chief Executive Officer
Greenstone TV